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. i had the opportunity to work in jim's campaign and go to washington and jim let me come back here in 1976. gang to know people. it was 1977 i had not yet announced -- i was at the state fair. the country was consumed in a raging debate about the panama canal treaties. as we were walking down the fairway a very angry crowd encircled george demanding that he explain his position on those treaties and change it. and threatening that they would work hard to defeat him in the next reelection if he didn't. george stood there and listened quietly. when it was his turn to talk, in a most recent, calm persuasive articulate way he shared with that group why those treaties were not only good for panama but what they meant for us. the crowd dissipated. as we walked back to the democratic booth i remarked that george, i can't help but note the contrast between that angry crowd and what you just did. he said i have learned a long time ago, it is a whole lot better to tell people what you believe from here than to tell them what you think they want to hear. [applause] george
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